Kenney rejects idea of Alberta speaking to Green New Deal advocates after oil prices drop

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces former MP James Rajotte will be the province’s new senior representative in Washington, D.C. 

Premier Jason Kenney said Friday that he sees a future where Alberta continues to be a key global supplier of oil and gas, and that his government has no plans to speak with U.S. politicians who advocate for economies to transition away from fossil fuels.The premier’s comments were made at a news conference after a reporter asked whether, given the staggering recent drop in oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic that last week saw prices even move into the negatives, Alberta would consider having its new representative in Washington speak to Green New Deal advocates.

“That kind of question, in the middle of an economic crisis, from a Calgary-based media outlet — really frankly throws me for a loop,” Kenney said to the reporter.

“When you talk about the Green New Deal, listen, our focus is on getting people back to work in Alberta, not pie-in-the-sky ideological schemes,” he said. “We are actually not trying to amplify but fight back against the political agenda of the green left that has been trying to landlock Alberta energy.

“So we’re not going to try to co-operate with the folks that are trying to shut down Canada’s single-largest subsector.”

The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to address climate change laid out by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts in the U.S.

It calls for the U.S. to move away from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy industries. The resolution was defeated in the U.S. Senate last year.

The premier’s comments came during a Friday press conference where he announced $1 billion in federal funding will be invested into boosting oil well rehabilitation and cleanup across the province, in hopes it will stimulate the province’s energy sector and create more jobs despite the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn.

VIDEO:   Alberta to ‘administer’ $1B well site rehabilitation program

He also said he was appointing former Edmonton-area MP James Rajotte to engage with U.S. lawmakers on Alberta’s energy economy and to help pursue a North American energy strategy.

Kenney’s response to the Green New Deal question generated a significant response on social media. #GreenNewDealAB was trending on Twitter Friday evening.

The environmental advocacy group Climate Justice Edmonton posted a statement on its social media accounts Friday that was critical of Kenney’s response to the idea of meeting with Green New Deal advocates.

“With oil prices cratering, the most responsible thing the premier could do in this crisis would be to chart a new course through the interconnected crises of climate change, mass inequality and oil volatility,” the post reads.

“It was also unfortunate to hear the premier express that it’s somehow un-Albertan to ask about a plan for energy transition.”

Climate Justice Edmonton 🌅@CJEdmonton

here’s our response to @jkenney‘s comments today on a :

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Kenney’s response to the Green New Deal question generated a significant response on social media. #GreenNewDealAB was trending on Twitter Friday evening.
Kenney’s response to the Green New Deal question generated a significant response on social media. #GreenNewDealAB was trending on Twitter Friday evening.Kenney’s response to the Green New Deal question generated a significant response on social media. #GreenNewDealAB was trending on Twitter Friday evening.

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